Monday, October 30, 2006

Why Are We at War in Iraq?

We didn't go to war in Iraq because of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). There weren't any.

We didn't go to war in Iraq because Saddam Hussein was culpable for the 9/11 al-Qaeda terror attacks against America. He wasn't. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were never friends or allies.

We didn't go to war in Iraq to spread democracy. That's a rationalization invented after we failed to find WMDs. Elections are not the same as democracy. Democracy cannot be forced onto a people. America has always spread democracy by example, not by force. Ironically, nothing has harmed America's own democracy more than Bush's war or terrorism.

Why, then, are we fighting a war in Iraq?

Because Bush and Cheney believed that Arabs had to be punished for 9/11. Fighting a war in Afghanistan was not sufficient. Afghans weren't the people aboard the planes on 9/11. Arabs were. America had to prove to Arabs they couldn't get away with terror.

So, if America had to attack Arabs, who could they go after? Saudi Arabia? Never! Eygpt? No way! Syria? Too small! Iraq was the only logical choice, especially with all its oil.

Once the decision was made to attack Iraq, the Bush White House focused on justifying an invasion. Donald Rumsfeld believed that Iraq's army would lay down its arms and immediately surrender in response to "shock and awe." Unfortunately, he was dead wrong. Instead, Iraqi fighters morphed into an insurgency against Americans.

President Bush in a recent stump speech in Indiana said, "We will defeat the enemy in Iraq. We have a plan for victory." The obvious question is, "Mr. President, what is victory in Iraq and how will we know when we've achieved it?"


Blogger OldAtlantic said...

Interesting point.

8:46 PM  
Blogger The Rick said...

I don't believe the attackers of the trades centers were an enemy from across the sea, but merely the man that was given power by the average American citizen. Yes, Bush. Here's a link to a video on it:

I hope you check out the video. It won't seem so far fetched and I hope you spead the word on your blog.

12:27 AM  
Blogger ITscout said...

The imagery in the video at titillates more than it illuminates. Just as some people experience superficial pleasure when viewing pornography, this video is like porn for those who enjoy watching horrific graphic pictures from that dreadful day over and over again.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Robert Pearson said...

Good to have you posting again, Jeff. You were my only bright spot for a long time.

I am more concerned with the Republican "power core" that sees the "will of the people" as a way to make the Democrats look bad.
In my opinion, the Republican party has never paid any attention to the "will of the people". This then is a new game with new rules
for destroying their opposition. Any opposition including the "will of the people". I reference the "Dark Side", and several other posts,
on this Blog as proof.
The Republicans don't have to concern themselves with making the Democrats look bad. Politics does not seem to attract the "Right Stuff"
anymore. There will be some rotten apples in the Democrat ranks. How many doesn't concern me. How many rotten Republicans doesn't concern
me either. Now that I know we can vote them out of office. I felt America had gone soft on politicians. Power to the People!!!!

What does concern me is Iraq and Afghanistan. Having lived through the Vietnam debacle I'm of the state of mind that we should just
pull the plug in Iraq and Afghanistan and let the chips fall where they may. The Democrats and anyone who will help them do this have
my approval and support. There were many wonderful people in Vietnam. None of them in positions of power in the government. Looked
just like Iraq does now. Afghanistan is beyond our military help. Maybe forever. Just like Somalia.

I was in Cyprus from 1958-1960 when the Greeks and Turks stopped killing each other to kill the British who were trying to be peace keepers.
Several times I witnessed Cypriots and Turks killing each other. Several times I witnessed off-duty British soldiers committing hostile acts
against both Cypriots and Turks. The same soldiers also saved my life on more than one occasion. I was always running toward the trouble to
see if I could help. I finally realized that made me the "sacrificial goat". It was a private fight and no outsiders were welcome.

Whatever it takes to bring the troops home, and quickly, I am for. I don't believe Congress can take any direct action. Only the President.
Cut off the funding is the latest, and best, I have heard.
I posted this to see if it would generate any positive, workable solutions?

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please consider your facts, if you choose to make controversial claims.

Arabs are from Saudi Arabia.
Persian are from the fertile crescent (Iraq, Iran etc)
Afghanis are from Afghanistan.
They are all Middle-eastern. They are not ALL arabs, however.

3:57 PM  

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